, attached to 2000-06-28

Review by westbrook

westbrook I rate this as one of the better shows of the tour, mostly on the strength of the first set. Although it lacks much Type II jamming to speak of, the energy of the performance really comes through and many of the songs are played with an intensity not often matched. Trey in particular seems to be charged up for the hometown fans. In the first set, he seems determined to get everything he can out of the Type I jams and plays with a lot of fire, leading to some exceptional peaks. Bathtub Gin is the clearest example of this with the band firing on all cylinders and delivering one of the top Gin jams of all-time, but Chalk Dust, Taste, Piper, and If I Could are all played with some extra verve as well. Matching the vibe of the show, this Piper is not an extended groover, but rather a relatively short Type 1 shred-piece. If I could soars magnificently and is available on Magnaball's first From the Archive show.

The second set does not reach the heights of the first, but the Down with Disease and Mike's are good listens. The set-opening DwD doesn't stray off the beaten path, but it does feature some quality space that maintains the jam's momentum and leads into the closing riff quite well. Hood in the two-hole is an unusual choice (it was placed in the same spot at the last PNC show 7/10/13) and the jam never really takes off from a slow start during which Trey is tossing glowsticks to the crowd. This Jibboo does not have much replay value; it's nothing special. When the Circus Comes is one my favorite breather type songs, but it would have been more welcome after something a bit more rewarding. Next comes a Mike's Song with a dark, grooving jam segment well worth hearing, but it too never really amps up. Albuquerque is tremendous song in its own right, but I think this set could have used something a bit more upbeat at this point. Weekapaug, First Tube, and Loving Cup end the show in expectedly rousing fashion.


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